Looking at Picasso



ISBN: 9780500026045 Category:

Pepe Karmel


A major new survey that offers fresh insights on Pablo Picasso’s artworks, written by a leading authority on the master.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This important new monograph, released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s death, presents Picasso’s unparalleled achievements in all media: painting, sculpture, drawing and prints. Art historian and curator Pepe Karmel offers fresh analysis of this great master for a 21st-century audience, considering Picasso’s work through the lens of art rather than biography. He demonstrates how Picasso’s style, evolving over the course of seven decades, introduced visual languages and narratives that transformed modern art.

Arranged chronologically by themes and movements, Looking at Picasso is profusely illustrated with renowned paintings, such as the provocative Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and his monumental Guernica, protesting the horror of war; these are accompanied by numerous lesser-known works, including Picasso’s daring sculptures and his animated reinterpretation of Velazquez’s 17th-century masterpiece Las Meninas.

Numerous exhibitions planned for 2023 will bring Picasso to the forefront. This engaging book will appeal to museum-goers curious to learn more about Picasso’s career and anyone interested in modern art.

Additional information

Weight 1326 g
Dimensions 22.7 x 29.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 September 2023
Number of pages 200
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.7 x 29.4 cm
Weight 1326 g


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Pepe Karmel is Associate Professor at the department of Art History, New York University. He is the author of Picasso and the Invention of Cubism (2003) and Abstract Art: A Global History (2020), and has written widely on art for museum catalogues, as well as the New York Times, Art in America and other publications. He has also curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, including 'Jackson Pollock' (MoMA, 1998) and 'Dialogues with Picasso' (Museo Picasso Malaga, 2020). Karmel is the Associate Curator of Museo Picasso Malaga.